Security Council extends UNOMSIL mandate

The Security Council has extended the mandate of the UN Observer Mission in Sierra Leone (UNOMSIL) by six months to 13 December.

In a weekend statement, the Council also said it had taken note of the UN Secretary-General’s intention to make recommendations for a revised UNOMSIL concept of operations, should the ongoing peace talks between the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) and the Sierra Leonean government succeed in Lome, Togo.

“The Council emphasized the strong commitment of the international community to support a sustainable peace settlement,” it said. The Council also called on the RUF to be more flexible in the peace process.

In his report to the Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said there had been “significant progress” in pursuing talks between the RUF and the government but he, too, called on the RUF to “show flexibility” in the interest of peace.